NANCO’s Immersive displays solution offers a variety of immersive possibilities such as cave, powerwall in stereo mode, powerwall in stereo & tracking mode and other immersive displays such as head-mounted displays, so-called HMD:s, semicircular, three-quarter-circular, circular, fishbowl or octagonal displays. Then of course there is Augmented Reality (AR) obtained by using HMD:s or eyeglasses or even iPads with tracking system to enhance the user’s experience of reality.
The choice of immersive solution depends on the need and intended use. Some examples of application fields:
Compared with NANCO’s Cave solution or NANCO’s Powerwall solution (in stereo mode or in stereo and tracking mode) an HMD is a less invasive alternative to fully immersive needs. With its simple setup demanding one HMD and its flexibility in being both portable and space efficient, a head-mounted display fully immerses the user quickly and easily. The user does only need to put an HMD on the head to get immediately immersed in the virtual environment. This solution is totally construction free, while a cave, a powerwall or a circular/fishbowl/octagonal display demand large installations.
Whereas a cave or a powerwall can have an audience, the HMD provides immersion to only one user per head-mounted display.
Being able to look limitless in all directions with an HMD and experiencing the virtual world as natural, can make the inexperienced beginner feel motion sick or even fall to the floor. Sitting on a chair while immersed is therefore highly recommended. This immersive experience differs from the immersiveness in a cave or in front of a powerwall. With an HMD the user is entirely in the virtual environment, while the user in a cave or at a powerwall still can sort of turn around and perceive the real surroundings.
An HMD provides usually approximately 100° field of view, a limited color palette and an overall limited resolution. Recent developments in HMD products have though resulted in an improved color palette and a higher resolution where the eye focuses on.
In comparison, semicircular, three-quarter-circular, circular, fishbowl and octagonal displays provide an extended FoV, feature an extended color palette and display the highest-possible resolution just as NANCO’s immersive Cave solution and non-immersive Powerwall solution do.